Washington Government Affairs Analyst

LawyersPolicy and RegulatoryWashington, DC

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

The international law/lobbying firm of K&L Gates is seeking a Government Affairs Analyst to be based in our Washington, D.C. office. The firm has one of the most prominent policy practices in Washington, D.C.  

The public policy and law’s emerging technology and space groups are engaged in some of the country’s and globe’s most cutting-edge work in these fields. The groups are looking to add a key team member. The candidate will serve as a client and project coordinator; support business development efforts, including research on potential clients and drafting proposals, as well as drafting articles and blog posts; engaging in research and drafting updates on legislative, regulatory, and policy developments; and drafting advocacy documents. The candidate will engage in advocacy before Congress and the administration and, accordingly, will be registered as a lobbyist.  

This is a unique opportunity for an individual to see up close how critical issues facing these industries are addressed and operate on the front lines of the decision-making process, as well as develop a business and policy network. The candidate must feel comfortable working with the senior management (chairmen and CEOs) of large businesses, congressional staff, and coalitions. Experience with the policymaking process and working on Capitol Hill is helpful, although interest in public policy is essential. Business and organizational experience is important. We are seeking an intellectually curious person who is a quick study and thrives in a high-paced environment. 

The successful candidate:
•    Likes interacting with people and cares deeply about delivering exceptional customer service;
•    Has an intense focus on proactive project management and coordination, including the ability to organize and maintain progress on several major legislative projects simultaneously by advancing deliverables, tracking through organizational skills and systems, and the ability to manage up and down;
•    Has a strong ability to multitask and thrive in a dynamic, collaborative environment with short deadlines and competing priorities;
•    Has initiative, including being proactive, forward-leaning, and highly responsive;
•    Has a strong interest in emerging technology and sustainability matters and public policy; 
•    Has excellent research, monitoring, and analysis skills; 
•    Has excellent oral and written communication skills;
•    Has attention to detail;
•    Focuses on problem-solving and creating solutions that demonstrate great listening skills, judgment, resourcefulness, and timeliness; and
•    Likes being a self-starter and is proactive, forward-leaning, and highly responsive.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree; an advanced graduate degree is preferred.


K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.